Killings brings you our fortnightly selection of posts that have amused, enlightened and generally distracted us.

How many movies are there, really?

Beautiful ink portraits on vintage envelopes.

Kerouac wanted Marlon Brando to bring On the Road to life.

The Millions’ most anticipated books of 2012.

Call me Bella.’ If famous writers had written Twilight.

A rare look at Samuel Beckett’s notebooks.

‘Say what he is proposing to say, not merely come near it’: Mark Twain’s 18 rants on bad writing.

The real-life stories that inspired some of the scariest movies of all time.